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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B000000E79
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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1. One Misty Moisty Morning
2. Alison Gross
3. The Bold Poachers
4. The Ups And Downs
5. Robbery With Violins
6. The Wee Wee Man
7. The Weaver And The Factory Maid
8. Rogues In A Nation
9. Cam Ye O'er Frae France
10. Hares On The Mountain

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Format: Audio CD
This album, along with its sister Below the Salt, is my favorite album of all time. These two albums are a part of who I am. I have enjoyed a lot of different music over the years, but like I have my whole life (literally), I can always come back to this great music by Steeleye Span.
Once again, all the songs are traditional, with some of the music written by members of the band. "Alison Gross" tells a story of a witch bribing a man to be her lover, but he won't and she makes him sorry. The instrumental "Robbery with Violins" showcases the talents of bassist Rick Kemp and violinist Peter Knight. "Hares On The Mountain" is a beautiful tune, reminiscent of "The Ash Grove," and old Welsch Air. "The Ups and Downs" is yet another tale of the loss of virginity. The words to "Cam Ye O'er Frae France" may not be fully understood at first (I've been listening to this for my whole life, and I still don't know all of the lyrics), because they are sung in a Scottish toungue, and the booklet prints the words spelled as they are pronounced. "One Misty Moisty Morning" is a great story of romance, while "The Wee Wee Man" is a great magical fairy tale." "The Weaver and the Factory Maid" is arguably vocalist Maddy Prior's greatest performance to date. The harmonies on this track will blow your mind. The band is also very tight on this track, as they are on many others as well. "Rogues In a Nation" showcases the groups excellent skill at ensemble singing, backed only by a bass drum.
Along with "Below The Salt," this album marks a major part of who I am. Whenever I can't think of anything else to listen to, I can always go back to the music of Steeleye Span. I would recommend this album to anyone wanting to hear great traditional music.
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I have listened to Parcel of Rogues more times and just realized that this is one of their best albums ever! Like before, the band continued updating centuries old folk songs from the British isles with electric instruments with very successful results. This was the second album with the lineup of Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Rick Kemp, Peter Knight, and Bob Johnson, and without a doubt, in my book, the best with this lineup (although many prefer Below the Salt, I prefer Parcel of Rogues). My favorites here include "One Misty Moisty Morning", "Alison Gross", "The Bold Poachers", "Robbery With Violins", and "Cam Ye O'er Frae France". "Robbery With Violins" is a little odd. The band went for a more funky, '70s style that's much in the style of countless police and detective TV series of the time, and blends that with a way cool folk jig on violin. Odd combination to say the least, but it works real well. Drums make the occasional appearance, which I hear varying sources that it was Rick Kemp, or Nigel Pegrum (the band's full-time drummer starting with Now We Are Six). I totally love the medieval atmosphere of this album, and I can't help but be reminded of medieval faires when listening to this incredible album. Parcel of Rogues just comes to show that Steeleye Span was one of the most important bands of the British folk-rock movement of the late '60s and early '70s, along with Fairport Convention, and The Pentangle. In my opinion, this album ranks up there with Fairport's Liege & Lief as one of the greatest folk-rock albums ever, and so if you like this type of music, particularly with a medieval flavor to it, you can't go wrong here.
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Probably the most direct and accessible of Steeleye Span's many fine albums, this starts out in fine style with the sprightly "One Misty Moisty Morning" - Maddy in typically powerful and melodic voice, solid support from the band and Bob Johnson providing some of the most elegant wah-wah guitar this side of Jimi Hendrix. "Alison Gross" is even rockier, crunching riffs and howling lead guitar...a more focussed cousin to the scary "King Henry" from "Below the Salt". This album is not just a guitar showcase, however, as Maddy contributes an amazing vocal tour de force on "The Weaver & the Factory Maid" - in fact she is unstoppably brilliant throughout. Rick Kemp's bass is well up in the mix - check out "Robbery with Violins", and Tim Hart is still there to add some more subtle touches: "The Bold Poachers" would not be out of place on one of Tim & Maddy's own albums. "Rogues in a Nation" is a weary song of proud resignation which highlights the group's fine ensemble singing, but the predominant tone of this album is relatively upbeat - my personal favourite being the energetic and amusing "Ups and Downs". Definitely one to sit back and enjoy - play it LOUD!
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Comparisons between Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention are fairly common, and the voice of lead singer Maddy Prior is reminiscent of Sandy Denny. Both bands blend traditional British folk material with rock arrangements into an inventive and alluring mix. The musical basis of all Steeleye Span's albums is traditional Irish folk, but Parcel Of Rogues rocks (comparatively). The electric guitar work has plenty of pizzazz: see the "funky" bass lines on the instrumental 'Robbery with Violins,' and the potent fingering on 'Alison Gross.' Maddy Prior is particularly stunning on 'One Misty Moisty Morning' and 'The Weaver and the Factory Maid.' For beautiful vocal harmonies, 'The Ups and Downs' and 'Rogues in a Nation' are top picks. My favorite is the acoustic and cheerful 'Hares on the Mountain.' For those who believe that Fairport Convention (yes, Richard Thompson is a master musician) is the preeminent British Folk-Rock group, give Parcel of Rogues a try. I suspect that you too will be taken in by their charms.
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